What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. It is caused by joint degeneration and loss of joint cartilage.
What causes osteoarthritis or DJD?
1. the natural aging process 2. wear-and-tear or repetative trauma 3. inherited abnormalities in joint structure
With cumlative stress on a joint and the aging process, the ability to restore and create normal cartilage that cushions the joint decreases, therefore, damage to the cartilage occurs followed by bony changes which results in a degenerative joint.
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.
(The degenerative spinal vertebral stages)
Time-Lapsed Disc Degeneration of the Neck
What is the conventional treatment of osteoarthrits?
The primary drugs used in the treatment of osteoarthritis are called "NSAID's" (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These drugs help to relieve pain and are tolerated well if used carefully and cautiously. NSAID's if used long term or if not utilized properly may be associated with gastric irritation , GI bleeding, liver and kidney damage.
Supplements for Joint Care and Health:
Fish or Flaxseed Oil....Essential fatty acids that help control pain and inflammation.
Vitamin C....Helps control pain and inflammation, antioxidant.
Multivitamin....Supplies essential nutrients needed to repair and maintain tissues.
Coenzyme Q10....Increases tissue oxygenation to aid in repair of connective tissue.
Garlic....Antioxidant and detoxifier.
Proteolytic Enzymes (digestive enzymes, bromelain, etc.).... Reduces inflammation, improves absorption of foods needed for tissue repair.
Probiotics....Bacterial cultures, such as acidophilus, that assist the body's naturally occurring flora in the gastrointestinal tract that help the digestive processes and balance.
Diet.... Fruit, vegetables, fish, no meat, 8 glasses of water per day, rest, exercise.
Calcium/Magnesium....Calcium excites nerves, prevents bone loss, needed for blood clotting. Magnesium relaxes muscles, also prevents bone loss, keeps blood flowing freely. Any imbalance of these two minerals can be unhealthy.
Glucosamine sulfate (GS), an amino sugar. The body utilizes glucosamine to stimulate the process of cartilage renewal and helps make the synovial fluid in the joints thick and elastic.
Specific Brands *Sold by Our Office and Dosage Recommended:
*MSM GOLD by Natural Wellness, 100 capsules; MSM, Bromelain, Turmeric, Lycopene. Reduces inflammation and for tissue repair, a high performance systemic enzyme supplement utilizing five proteolytic enzymes and super anti-oxidants! For muscle pain, joint pain, and healthy aging. (Acute pain: 2 caps two-three times per day with or without food, when better 1-2 caps per day)
*Magnesium Glycinate by Pure Encapsulations, (200-400 mg per day with meals)
*Fish OilSuper EPA by Pure Encapsulations, 1000 mg, essential fatty acids that help control pain and inflammation. Formulas are pharmaceutical grade, doctor recommend, tested for unsurpassed purity and freshness. (1-2 gel caps per day with meals)
*Traumeel Gel by Heel, is ideal for all kinds of inflammation and injuries involving muscles tendons, ligaments, and joint conditions. A safe, effective, alternative to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. (apply to area of pain 2-3 times per day and 10 drops under tongue 3x/day)
*Formula 303 by Dee-Cee Labs, a natural homeopathic muscle relaxant and relief from muscle spasm, tension, and stress. Made from natural ingredients, valerian root, passiflora flower, magnesium carbonate. (take as directed, 2 tabs every 3-4 hours as needed, do not take if driving or at work)
*Biofreeze by Performance Health, penetrating pain relieving gel roll-on, long lasting pain relief from arthritis, sore muscles, and back pain.
Multivitamin by Mega Foods, Supplies essential nutrients needed to repair and maintain tissues, a basic vitamin that is 100% whole food supplement. (take as directed with meals)
Vitamin C, Helps control pain, tissue repair, inflammation, and antioxidant (500 mg 1-2 times per day)
Coenzyme Q10, Increases tissue oxygenation to aid in repair of connective tissue (30-100 mg 1-2 times per day with meals)
*WAIT 2 HOURS AFTER MEDICATIONS TO TAKE ALL SUPPLEMENTS.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF FISH OIL
Fish oil from supplements and dietary sources has been shown to provide support for healthy triglycerides and vascular relaxation. Fish oil is associated with positive effects on lipid metabolism, blood flow, platelet function, endothelial tone and homocysteine metabolism.
Numerous double-blind trials indicate that fish oil promotes joint mobility and joint comfort, in part by maintaining healthy prostaglandin, cytokine and leukotriene production.Epidemiological research suggests that fish consumption is associated with healthy bone mineralization. In studies, the combination of fish oil and calcium supplementation promotes healthy bone composition in the elderly.
Epidemiological and clinical research indicates that fish oil supports positive mood, mental function and memory. By promoting healthy neuronal cell membrane function and blood flow, fish oil facilitates oxygen and nutrient delivery to the brain.Infants and children born to mothers who had supplemented with fish oil demonstrate healthy cognitive capacity.
Fish oil has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect for the gastrointestinal tract.
Omega-3 fatty acids protect keratinocytes and skin fibroblasts from free radicals and immune mediators generated by sun exposure. Additionally, these essential fatty acids help promote elasticity and hydration for smoother looking skin.
Studies suggest that fish oil, particularly DHA, promotes visual acuity and hydration.
Joint Noise: Popping and Cracking
Popping and cracking sounds in the course of the movement of human joints are natural-and often disconcerting. These sounds are made in two general circumstances: when the sound is accompanied by pain in the moving joint, and when the sound occurs with the movement alone.
Most joints in the body have common construction features. Two or more bones create the skeletal component, with the bones at their point of contact covered by a slick, friction-reducing material known as articular cartilage. The joint is encased in a capsule that contains synovial fluid, a substance also designed to reduce friction in the joint. Present in the joint is often a bursa, a gel-filled fibrous sac that acts to cushion impacts received at the joint. The bones at the joint are secured to one another by ligaments; the joint usually is powered by muscle and tendon groups secured to the bones. Slight misalignments and surrounding muscles and ligaments can cause a cracking sound on movement.
In summary, the sound you are describing is called a cavitation, and it occurs when the capsule of a joint is stretched, producing a negative pressure within the joint, and allowing the lubricating fluid of the joint to escape as carbon dioxide gas. This is the same phenomenon that occurs when people "pop" their knuckles. The repetitive popping in your neck is probably associated with areas of joint dysfunction that cause some joints to move too freely (called hypermobility) and other joints to not move correctly (called hypomobility), combined with chronic muscular tension that essentially primes the joint to cavitate with certain movements.
Manipulation may alleviate the pain or discomfort of this condition, and in other cases, it may not. Some proprietary chiropractic techniques specifically aim to restore the normal spinal curvatures.
*Please note: If you have any medical condition, check your health care physician before taking any supplement.